Local Columns

1930 Buttonballs baseball with the signatures of Lefty Berg and Looney Fossum in the “sweet spot.”

Woody Wheeler

September 12, 1930, promised to be a great day for baseball as the Sycamore Shadows “Fighting Buttonballs” took the field to the cheers of the local crowd. The leadoff hitter for the Castor County Poorhouse “Screaming Indigents” strolled to the batter’s box. On the mound for the ...

America’s divorce from the Paris Accord

Thursday afternoon in the Rose Garden, President Trump announced that the United States is exiting the Paris Climate Accord, a multinational pact dedicated to fighting climate change. We are the first nation to withdraw since the alliance of 195 countries was formed in 2015. Adding to his ...

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Museum of Sycamore Shadows

Experience the culture and folkways of America’s most unusual small town when the Museum of Sycamore Shadows begins its 80th summer season on May 21. Named one of the ten best small-town museums in the country by Folklust magazine. Admission to the museum is free. Limited parking is ...

Life in the Shadows

Herman Yost says he has trained his slohund, Lancaster, to locate ripe raspberries, and intends rent him out by the hour. Note: Seldom seen outside of rural communities, the slohund is a breed of hound developed in the late 19th century by Amish farmers in need of an intelligent, sturdy, ...

Miss Helen Fetters wishes to share this photograph of her mother, Fallopia Wertemberger-Fetters, posing on a toilet chair.

Miss Vivian

Miss Vivian moved to Sycamore Shadows just after World War II, beginning work in the lingerie department at Hibb’s Department Store the next morning. Sixty-eight years later, she still works every day the business is open at the only job she has known. The years have taken their toll and ...

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Walk 4 Autism Donation

East Liverpool High School Job Training Program and Heritage Thermal Services (HTS) teamed up for a hot dog sale in early April to raise money for the Walk 4 Autism event, scheduled today at Thompson Park. HTS employees donated the food and grilled the hot dogs that were served by the students, ...

Unemployment rate declines for second consecutive month

LISBON — Columbiana County’s unemployment rate declined for a second consecutive month in March. The county’s jobless rate in March was 6.8 percent, down from 7.3 percent registered the month before, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family ...

A ‘Common Greenbody.’ (Photo courtesy of Phil Wellington)

‘Common Greenbody’ sighted in ELO

The common greenbody, or Greenus migratorius, was a well known species of bird that went extinct in 1932. Because they never blinked, they were hunted for their eyeballs, which were used for teddy bear eyes. Tuesday morning local resident, Phil Wellington, reported seeing the bird. Here ...

Life in the Shadows

According to reports, moles have invaded the home of the Buttonballs and “right field looks like it has varicose veins.” Mayor Chibble says the town needs to establish rules for the new Marsuoin Park restrooms, “before things get out of hand.” In related news, the Castor Area Spastic ...

Board approves retirement, contracts

SALINEVILLE — There will be a number of comings and goings in the near future at Southern Local Schools. Under personnel, at its recent meeting, the Southern Local Board of Education first approved the retirement of elementary teacher Janet Fellenger, who has worked in the district for 14 ...